So, you have been asked to be the warden for your business and don’t know where to start?
Here we will help you along the way. We will help you determine the number you need, the positions you need, what is required for training and identification and all the other details needed.
So, where to start? In Australia, Australian Standard 3745-2010 (AS 3745-2010) identifies these details. This includes the following:
The development of the emergency plan (including procedures and evacuation diagrams) to work to
Emergencies you should be trained in that may occur at your workplace
Titles you will hear or have read about include the following:
We will help you understand all the different procedures for you to perform depending on the emergency that has occurred. This information should also be in your company’s emergency plan.
Without the training in your workplace, mayhem can occur. Who do you listen to? Where do you go? What if you are injured? These are things that you do not want to encounter in an emergency. You want to know you have trained staff members who know their full role & responsibility in the emergency to assist all onsite. Did you know that after some emergency situations, Safe Work Australia can become involved? They can request all the details of training sessions conducted, emergency plan procedures and evacuation diagrams. If you are unable to provide this information, your workplace may be fined and even shut down.
Consider the following events that have occurred, and what you may have done if you were not trained:
- Flooding situation in Sydney in early 2021
- Bushfires during 2019 – 2020
- Severe storm cells over the past six months
- Melbourne protests
- Melbourne earthquake
- Disgruntled former employee
This is where having your training up to date and current is so important.
Now to the nitty-gritty…
There are no rules to say that fire warden training is mandatory for your workplace however AS3745-2010 is generally accepted as the benchmark for planning for workplace emergencies, responding to emergencies and the associated workplace training.
The Safe Work Australia website states that “Businesses must prepare an Emergency Plan”. Section 43 of the WHS Regulations, states an employer or “person conducting the business or undertaking” (PCBU) must prepare and maintain an emergency plan (this applies to fires, explosions and harmful events relating to harmful gases and hazardous chemicals).
We have mentioned the emergency plan in the warden training. The emergency plan is a resource for staff and other occupants to use in emergency situations. The plan will detail the emergency response procedures and instructions for a variety of situations. Part of this plan provides for training of staff and other occupants in emergency procedures. We can assist you with creating an emergency plan if you do not already have one in place for your business.
AS3745-2010 states that the ECO members (wardens) shall attend a skills retention activity at intervals no greater than 6 months. These activities are determined by the EPC and are based on the requirements of the business and the emergency plan. Skills retention activities may include table-top and evacuation exercises.
We are all passionate about the safety of us and others. We want to see everyone go home each night to their family, safely. We all come with a lot of industry experience in fire & emergency response. We are members of the NSW RFS, SES and Scouts. We have all worked in this area of expertise on a paid and voluntary basis and bring with us the knowledge that will assist you perform your role as a warden for your workplace. All our staff members are qualified Fire Safety Advisors.
We cover educational facilities including childcare centres, schools, and universities. We cover the aged care sector, industrial sector. Small and large corporations, startup businesses and every other industry that has not been named above.
For the aged care sector, we work with Australian Standard 4083 Planning for emergencies – health care facilities (AS4083), and also follow the regulations for Queensland under Building Fire Safety Regulation 2008.
So, how can Workplace Emergency Management help you?
You can call or email our office and a subject matter expert (SME) can answer any questions you may have if they have not been answered above. We can also arrange a proposal to provide the training for you. If an emergency plan is also required, we can provide this, along with evacuation diagrams to make your emergency plan obligations compliant. We keep a record of all staff trained, and when training is due again. And when changes occur, we are proactive and let you know of the changes.
Now is the time to call, so we can help you in on your journey to become a warden.
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Workplace Emergency Management is based in Sydney, however, we service all of Australia so contact us today to improve your emergency management procedures and resources, and prepare your people to confidently handle any emergency situation.
Call us on 1300 831 694 to discuss your needs with one of our consultants today or use the quick contact form to request a quote.